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FARGO – A man was hit by an Amtrak train early Thursday morning, June 22, in downtown Fargo. It happened about 2 a.m. in the 500 block of Roberts Street. Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said the train was pulling into the Amtrak station when the man walked onto the tracks. The man was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to Anderson, who declined to release the victim’s name.
COGSWELL, N.D. – A 57-year-old man has died after he went underwater in a Sargent County slough Sunday night, June 18, authorities said. William VanderVoort, of rural Gwinner, was swimming in the Kraft Slough, about 10 miles northwest of Cogswell. He was with friends when he went underwater and was not found for at least 20 minutes. VanderVoort was first taken to a hospital in Oakes and later was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
LANESBORO, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued warning about the dangers of the Conium maculatum plant, commonly known as poison hemlock. The plant has been found in southeast Minnesota, spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. All parts of the plant — leaves, stems, flowers and roots — are poisonous. Residents should wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves when handling the plant and never ingest any part of it.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota sailor who died during the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago will be honored Saturday, June 24, when U.S. and state flags are flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Gunners Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander, who joined the Navy in February 1927, will be buried next to his parents in his hometown of Fessenden. Neuenschwander was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The Oklahoma was one of the first ships in Battleship Row to be hit by Japanese torpedoes.
CLOQUET, Minn. — Charges have been filed against the owners of three dogs that allegedly escaped a kennel and killed another dog that was being walked by a Cloquet woman last week. Stephen Woollett, 59, and Amber Woollett, 22, both of Cloquet, each are charged with misdemeanor counts of dangerous animals — attack by an animal and dogs running at large. Amber Woollett faces two counts of each, while Stephen Woollett faces one of each. The charges each carry maximum penalties of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint:
BISMARCK—North Dakota's top law official is warning residents about a sweepstakes scam that has cost North Dakotans more than $366,000 in the past year. The scam involves telling residents they have won a prize and they must pay "fees" before they are awarded the money. The ploy isn't new to North Dakota, and the state Attorney General's Office has issued several warnings over the past few years, according to a news release.
West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern will join "The Jay Thomas Show" on AM 970 WDAY Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:35 p.m. to address a recent Fargo Forum editorial regarding the hiring process of West Fargo's new police chief and the accusations of breaking open meeting laws in the process. Jay Thomas will take your phone calls at 293-9000 or 1-888-970-9329 or your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUD, N.D. — A 19-year-old man died after attempting to rescue a puppy that had fallen into an uncovered portion of a farm septic system in LaMoure County. Jesse Wagner, 19, died after he went head first into the 18-inch opening to retrieve the puppy, lost his grip and slid about 10 feet deeper into the septic system Saturday, June 10, according to Sheriff Robert Fernandes. Marie Fisher, Wagner's mother, was unable to extract Wagner from the septic system. The body was recovered at 7:30 p.m., Fernandes said.
CANDO, N.D. - A 18-year-old Cando man was arrested Sunday night, June 11, and is being detained on potential attempted murder charges. Towner County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Doug Howard said the man was arrested after a domestic incident about 9 p.m. Sunday in Cando. He was booked into the Lake Region Correctional Center at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, jail records show. Nobody was injured in the incident, Howard said.
GRAND FORKS -- A tire technician at a Grand Forks tire shop was injured early Monday when he was run over by a trailer he was working on, according to police. The Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks Fire Department and an Altru Health Systems ambulance were called to Big Jim’s Tire Service on Gateway Drive just after 7 a.m. in response to an accident.